Rep Hoitenga testifies in support of right to carry legislation

first_img16May Rep Hoitenga testifies in support of ‘right to carry’ legislation State Rep. Michele Hoitenga speaks before the House Judiciary Committee in support of her legislation to enable upstanding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit.State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of her legislation to enable law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit.Hoitenga said the legislation is a step toward reforming Michigan firearm laws to stop Michigan residents from being punished for exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms.“It is legal in the state of Michigan for people to openly carry firearms without any training, classes, fees or state bureaucracy. It only becomes illegal when a person puts on a coat because the gun then becomes concealed,” Hoitenga said. “One millimeter of clothing makes a difference between a criminal act and a legal act.“My question is: Why are upstanding citizens paying expensive fees for courses and permits to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms? We know criminals are not paying fees, taking classes and waiting for approval to come in the mail.”The four-bill package is sponsored by Hoitenga and Reps. Triston Cole of Mancelona, Sue Allor of Wolverine and Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township.Hoitenga said people would still have to pass a background check when purchasing a handgun, and anyone currently prohibited from carrying a firearm will not legally be able to carry a concealed firearm if these bills are enacted.In addition, the state would continue issuing concealed carry permits; this legislation simply eliminates the requirement to obtain a license to carry in Michigan. The current permitting structure will remain in place to allow Michigan CPL holders to continue to carry in states that recognize Michigan’s permit. A CPL will also continue to allow people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.“I am an advocate for education, and this legislation does not eliminate background checks, gun-free zones or CPL classes for those who choose to take the course,” Hoitenga said. “It simply gives law-abiding citizens a choice.”House Bills 4416-19 remain under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.### Categories: Hoitenga Newslast_img read more